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calling. thank you for joining us tonight on cnn. >>> good morning. welcome, everybody. welcome to our special coverage of the 2012 election coming to you live from the nation's capitca capit capital, just 24 hours to go before voting begins after a 17-month, $3 billion race for the white house. it couldn't be any closer. the final cnn poll shows a dead heat, both candidates making closing arguments in key states that could decide the election. best political team on tv has it covered for you this morning. >> i'm john berman. the candidates cramming to day. mitt romney, president obama and their running mates making 18 stops in eight critical states. we're live in every key battleground state. >> and in the end, this is the only math that counts. i'm christine romans. looking to the race to the states. we'll take a look at the road that each candidate can take to get to that magic number. >> it's been one week since hurricane sandy forever changed the east coast and so many lives along it with. the recovery effort and how the storm is impacting polling stations. that's coming up. >> we
, a democratic consult and the who worked on the kerry and gore campaigns. special election coverage here on cnn begins right now. >>> it is up to the american people right now. good morning and welcome to our special edition of "early start." we have complete 4ri6 coverage of election day 2012. over the past 17 months we've watched two campaign spend a combined $3 billion, two candidates duel it out in three dramatic debates, all trying to win your vote. now more than 1 million campaign commercials later, 1 million campaign commercials later, the polls are opening. voting is beginning in parts of vermont. mitt romney not letting up on this election day. he's added two final campaign stops in cleveland, ohio and in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. both of them, of course, critical battle ground states. (is in chicago today. aides say he is likely to continue his election day tradition of playing basketball with friends before he goes to watch the returns. cnn reporters are fanned out all across the battleground states this morning, including in new hampshire. we have reports of the very first returns.
is extremely tight right now. here is the national cnn poll. the survey is out over the last week and a half. average them together. it's as close as you can get. look at these numbers, colorado is one of the eight battleground states. a very, very close contest. ift's why you hear the rhetoric and the candidates going to the battleground states in the last four days. >> paul steinhauser, thank you. >> we are talking chairs this morning. actor clint eastwood appeared on fox news to talk about his whacky republican national convention speech and how it came to be, how the chair came to be on stage with him talking to it. in case you missed the speech, here it is. >> what do you want me to tell romney? i can't tell him to do that. can't do that to himself. you're absolutely crazy. you're getting as bad as biden. >> now the acting, directing legend says it was an ad lib, which was obvious at the time. let's listen. >> i have to give john vioght a pat on the back. i was sitting with him and a couple other people talking about the economy. he said why doesn't anybody in hollywood ever speak up. i
. >> this is "cnn breaking news." >> and we begin with breaking news out of the conflict zone, an attack at the u.s. embassy in tel aviv in israel. details just coming in, but an israeli police spokesman says a security guard at the embassy was attacked with an ax. the attacker reportedly also had a knife on him. we know the attacker has been arrested. when we get more information, we will bring that to you. of course, this is all happening as israel and hamas at the tipping point of all-out war. the israelis carrying out 80 air strikes overnight with hamas fighters launching 95 rockets into israel. 38 more palestinians killed, bringing the death toll since last week to 111. cnn has confirmed secretary of state hillary clinton is heading to israel in the air at this very moment. tomorrow she will meet with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. she'll also visit egypt and the west bank city of ramallah. and while the two sides are trading cease-fire proposals, israel's ambassador tells erin burnett his country is ready to launch a full-scale ground invasion. we talk to our reporter in phnom penh. she
in new york. and close to 5 million customers are still waiting for the power to come back on. >> cnn has the entire disaster zone covered this morning. our correspondents spanned out across lower manhattan and all up and down the jersey shore. >> first, the economic capital of our country is slowly getting back to normal this morning even while facing extreme damage. power outages and people having to walk for hours just to get to work. meantime, another hospital lost generator power in lower manhattan. right now hundreds of people are being pushed out of bellevue after hundreds of others were evacuated yesterday. our dr. sanjay gupta is live at bellevue but first to rob marciano. the governor says there will be no fares for subways, trains and buses but many of the bus and subway lines are still not up and running yet so how limited is transportation now? >> well, i can tell you from what we witnessed yesterday, it's very limited. for one thing the buses don't run at night, at least south of 23rd because it's too dark and dangerous. you come down here in the middle of the night and you
now for promised spending cuts that won't materialize later. >> cnn political director mark preston is live from washington this morning. very nice to see you, mark. so the house is back in session today, and so far there are no talks scheduled between top republicans and the president, we understand. >> no, that's true, zoraida. in fact we haven't seen the congressional leadership and president obama meet since november 16th. now there were staff discussions over the thanksgiving holiday. they don't seem to be as productive as some people had hoped, as you said, we are now 35 days until the fiscal cliff. what we do know, though, is that president obama did reach out to house speaker john boehner. he is the republican, the senate majority leader harry reid the democrat over the weekend, perhaps to try to jump-start the talks. as of now, as the house of representatives comes back today, as the senate came back yesterday, we're still very much in limbo on the fiscal cliff. >> here's something else we know. some major republicans have come out and they say that they don't feel bound by
their take on the presidential election and they will weigh in on petraeus as well. >>> keep it on cnn for special coverage. remember, president obama holding a news conference at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. wolf blitzer will be all over this covering it for you. make sure you stay tuned. >>> listen to this, another major recall for toyota. it's recalling close to 3 million cars worldwide affecting mostly 2004 to 2009 prius models. 670,000 of them were sold in the united states. you have one, right, berman? the problem here, issues with the car's steering system and their electric water pumps. toyota says no crashes or injuries have been reported. that's good news. >>> and a shake-up at the long island utility company under fire for its slow response to super storm sandy. why is chief operating officer michael hervey is resigning at the end of this year. hervey has been the target of many angered residents left in the cold for over two weeks. he's been the target from andrew cuomo as well. >>> and this entrepreneur says he's in hiding this morning as police in belize try to solve a murder
of them successful. >> cnn's anderson cooper is in the middle east to cover the escalating conflict between israel and hamas. and during a live report from gaza city last night, anderson got to experience firsthand what the palestinians have been coping with for the last six days. >> also two media centers. whoa. that was a rather large explosion. that occurred -- just look out here. i can't actually see where the impact of that was. it is actually set off a number of car alarms. but that was probably the largest explosion that we've heard just in the past -- really in the past hour. there have been a number of explosions in the past hour or two. but that one -- that one was pretty loud. >> all right, cnn's wolf blitzer is also covering the conflict from jerusalem. stay with cnn for the very latest breaking news from the region. >>> also this morning, president obama in the midst of an historic three-nation tour of southeast asia. overnight, he was in myanmar. the country formerly known as burma. this is the first time that a sitting u.s. president has visited that country. mr. obam
that the cia director was involved. >> cnn's barbara starr is following this developing story, she's live at the pentagon for us. good morning. tell us, what is the status of the investigation right now? >> well, good morning, alina. "the new york times" is now reporting this morning that the investigation actually began some months ago. but, again, the questions continue to mount. it wasn't until election night that the director of national intelligence, james clapper, was informed that this was all going on. the white house informed the next day,and the president the day after that. so how you have an fbi investigation, which whatever went on did involve looking into the matters of general david petraeus, your cia director, and the president isn't informed. this is one of the key questions congress, the congressional committee's concerned, they weren't informed. so expect to see a lot more about this for the next many days. >> barbara, let's talk a little bit more about that. as you mentioned the white house wasn't notified until 5:00 p.m. on election night. the president wasn't told un
a break the no tax pledge. that is a hopeful sign, folks, because a new cnn/orc poll shows more than two thirds of americans believe a trip over that cliff would create major problems, perhaps even a crisis. cnn political editor paul steinhauser is live from washington, d.c. this morning. nice to see you, paul. so the fiscal cliff triggers back-breaking tax hikes and massive spending cuts. you've got more numbers that show what type of budget plan americans actually prefer. >> exactly. one of the big arguments, zoraida, is should it be all spending cuts to get us there or tax increases, as well? brand-new numbers just out from cnn/orc. only about one in three say whatever deal should be struck should be just spending cuts. but almost seven in ten, two thirds of americans say the plan should include spending cuts and tax increases. our poll indicates americans are not so optimistic a deal will get done and if it doesn't get done, who gets the blame? look at this right here, about 45% say republicans in congress will be blamed if there is no deal and the country falls off the fiscal cliff.
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's a nonstarter. clearly, a lot of work to do. cnn's jill doherty is following developments. she's in our washington bureau. jill, the president said he'd like to put up a bill right away to extend tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000. that doesn't seem like it'll be a go for john boehner, does it? >> no, at least at this point it doesn't. after all, the republicans want those tax cuts to continue. that's really the nub of it. how far they'll go, it's a very important meeting. this is really it. this is where the president weighs in. it's mano a mano. the person who's taking a harder stance is mitch mcconnell. let's listen to what he says from the senate side. >> we don't happen to think the government needs more revenue. the government spends too much as it is. if democrats are willing to reduce spending and strengthen entitlement programs, which we all know are on an unsustainable path that threatens our own long-term viability and the economic well-being of our children and grandchildren, then we'll be there. what we won't do is raise tax rates. >> okay. so read the fine pr
with us online here. you can follow us on cnn weather on twitter. we'll give you all the latest information. >>> president obama back at the white house. it wasn't the welcome that his staff had intended. they wanted to greet him on the south lawn. but the bad weather changed those plans. the first family took air force one then arrived at the white house by motorcade instead. >> the president's first order of business, avoiding the fiscal cliff. congressional leaders from both parties conceding the election with a call to compromise. what that comprise is, that hasn't been ironed out. w we'll get to what they said. >> the presidential vase over except in florida. the electoral votes are i will stun claimed. they're not make or break this time. president obama still holds a lead there. >> seven house races still up for grabs this morning across the country including the heated contest on florida's treasure coast between tea party republican allen west and democratic challenger patrick murphy. right now murphy does have a very slim lead of less than 2500 votes. but west not conce
and started moving some of them to the hardest-hit areas of new york and new jersey. cnn administrator craig fugate says it's not clear yet what the total demand will be. >> and while the region recovers from sandy, for many people, those who lost everything in the storm, this doesn't feel like much of a recovery to them. cnn's susan candiotti is live in asbury park, new jersey this morning. we underznd stand that you have one family's story. >> that's right. you know, as you mentioned, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people in new jersey remain without power. and a lot of those people live in coastal areas, where people still are not allowed to go back home, because they have no power. but for a few hours a day, a few are able to go back and are being allowed to start the cleanup. we made an emotional return with one couple to a place called pelican island, new jersey. with sandy's storm clouds gathering, sue evacuated. but over her objections, husband bill stayed behind. it was traumatizing. >> rode out the storm until friday morning. friday morning i said i couldn't take any m
sambolin. nice to have you with us. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. >>> this is cnn breaking news. >> we begin this morning with breaking news. a new crisis in the middle east, israeli and palestinian militants exchanging deadly fire near the israel/gaza border. they say it's in retaliation for ongoing rocket attacks into southern israel. >> triggered by an air strike that killed the top hamas military commander. sayre -- sara sidner is following the story. >> reporter: you can see gaza behind me. there has been air strike after air strike after air strike. we ourselves witnessed three air strikes, major hit. we could see fire and then three plumes of smoke. since then we've been also seeing and hearing rockets coming over into southern israel. we now know there are three people who have died in israel in an apartment building very near, within a 7 kilometer radius of gaza in israel. we also know that at least seven people have been killed here in gaza and the air strikes are continuing. right now we do and we are watching the funeral happen, of ha the leader of hamas' military wing, that is g
. >> now a spokesman for hamas sounded cautiously optimistic that a cease-fire could be at hand telling cnn we are close, we are on the edge. cnn has reporters blanketing the region to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of this crisis in gaza. fred pleitgen is in ashkelon, ben wedemans in gaza city. ben wedeman, good morning, set the scene for me. >> reporter: yes, brooke, it was a noisezy night and we saw intense bombardment just behind where i'm standing. that was proceeded by increasing sort of mounting reports that a cease-fire was about to be announced or a period of calm. but it appears that there were problems within the israeli government that prime minister benjamin netanyahu and his foreign minister lieberman didn't see eye to eye with the defense minister who was leaning towards accepting this draft proposal sent by hamas via the egyptian government. so once it was clear that those efforts had sort of run into a brick wall, we saw an intensification of israeli air strikes and of course rocket fire out of gaza as well. one of the rockets, rather, one of the air strikes hit
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stories go to cnn.com/earlystart. >>> 15 minutes past the hour. let's get up to date on the mornings top stories. fiscal cliff talks getting ugly. the president is trying to sell his plan. republicans are furious. house speaker john boehner telling reporters the president needs to get serious. >>> former president, george h.w. bush is in stable condition this morning in a houston hospital. he was admitted a week ago and being treated for bronchitis. he's expected to be released in the next few days. he is 88 years old. >>> scientists report the mile thick ice sheets that cover greenland and antarctica are melting. we have lost tons of ice in the last 20 years raising the sea level by 7/16 inch. >>> thursday night football action. falcons in atlanta. they got off to a 17-0 lead before the saints scored a single point. atlanta defense had a good night. five interceptions. falcons go on to win it. they are now 11-1 on the year. atlanta could clench the nfc south if they lose to denver on sunday. >> all right. she's bruised, but not broken. coming up, inside lady liberty for a look at the da
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